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I wanted to kick off 2019 with a list that includes one the best films of 2018 — Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. This animated gem was easily one of the best Spider-Man films of all time. But was it the best? For this list we will be crawling from the sewers to the skyscrapers as we rank all seven Spider-Man feature films. And while entertaining Venom does not qualify for this list. So with a Kingpin-sized SPOILER ALERT let’s refill our web-fluid and swing right into it:
#7 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
No one should be surprised that this monumental mess of a movie is at the bottom of the list. With too many villains, subplots and plot holes Spidey 3 is an exercise in excess and has neither style nor substance.
Thomas Hayden-Church is wasted as Sandman and Topher Grace’s version of Venom was an affront to a beloved character. But nothing in the film was more awful than dancing Emo Peter Parker. Oh how far the mighty Raimi trilogy had fallen.
#6 Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Now this film gets a lot of hate but I find some of it to be undeserved. Sure Jamie Foxx’s is a ridiculous baddie with a stupid origin and paper-thin motivation, the whole parent conspiracy subplot went nowhere, they tried wayyyyyyyy too hard to set up future films in (a since aborted) shared universe and the ending was supremely anti-climactic.
But Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone continue to have blazing onscreen chemistry, Dane DeHaan was decent as Harry Osborn and there was some cool web-slinging action in the mix.
#5 Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
This film is solid but not spectacular; you see what I did there and you liked it! Garfield puts a fun, gangly spin as the new man in the suit, the aforementioned Garfield/Stone chemistry is once again great and Rhys Ifans has some genuine menace as Dr Curt Connors/The Lizard. And wasn’t it great seeing Denis Leary onscreen again? I like him.
Throw in some great Spider-on-Lizard action and you have a fun time to be had by all, generic plot notwithstanding.
#4 Spider-Man (2002)
This was the film that started it all and showed fans of our favourite webhead that the days of the 70s campfest of a TV series were long, long gone.
Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker may be the oldest teenager ever but he is charming and likable in the role. He and Kirsten Dunst’s MJ have okay enough chemistry but, aside from an iconic upside-down smooch, never really blazes like Garfield/Stone. Willem Dafoe gleefully chews up the scenery as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin and makes for a grand old time. And while entertaining the film was still a test case for greater Spidey outings to come.
#3 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Tom Holland already wowed fans with his appearance as Spidey in Captain America: Civil War but could he carry a full film? Apparently he could.
Homecoming finally succeeds in giving fans a teenage Peter that feels like a teenage Peter and the film does not treat high school like a facet of the character to be rushed over. His mentor/mentee relationship with Tony Stark is also refreshing. Michael Keaton is mesmerising and a relatable villain as The Vulture, though Bokeem Woodbine’s Shocker does fizzle out. The high flying, intense action sequences topped off a gratifying film. And how could we forget sexy Aunt May? Mamma Mia!
#2 Spider-Man 2 (2004)
For a long time this was my number one Spidey film and I still consider it one of the best superhero films ever. Maguire goes through the classic hero story and it is done to perfection. The action is raised to another level compared to the original and the train rescue remains firmly embedded in the minds of every moviegoer.
But while Alfred Molina did well as Doc Ock the character’s motivation was somewhat lacking and the ending battle felt rushed. And when poked further the numerous plot contrivances and conveniences show Spider-Man 2 was not as complete a film as it could have been. Still very, very good though.
#1 Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2019)
If two months ago you told me the best Spider-Man feature would have been an animated movie where the main character is not Peter Parker but the Miles Morales version, then I would lifted my eyebrows at you in a strong expression of skepticism. (Wow that was a long sentence). But then I saw the movie and I was like — THIS IS THE BEST SPIDER-MAN MOVIE EVER!
Everything in this movie works. Everything! The animation is a veritable feast for the eyes and the magnificent, edgy soundtrack will have your ears thanking you for days after. Possibly week. Morales is a light, fresh and completely relatable protagonist. The other spider characters are well done and all have their own arcs. The action is pulse-pounding and well structured. And Kingpin makes for an imposing and threatening big bad (literally and figuratively) but was still given a believable motivation. The core theme of family is also expertly done and so, so moving. Swing onto the centre of the podium Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. You deserve it.
So what did you think of the list? How would you rank the Spidey flicks? And for my ranking of the Top 9 Spider-Man Movie Villains you can click here.